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Yarra Bend Park

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Published September 17th 2009
Nestled in the unlikely location between Kew and Abbotsford, a mere stoneís throw from the CBD, is a secluded bushland haven better known as Yarra Bend Park. It contains the largest portion of natural vegetation near the City of Melbourne, and some of the last areas of original bushland.

Yarra Bend Park is a great weekend activity option. Enjoy a romantic walk in the wilderness with a special someone and have the sounds of native bird calls and the flow of the Yarra River fill your ears. Itís also a suitable outing for families, so take the dog, take the kids, and soak up the relaxing atmosphere. Itís so easy to forget that youíre only ten minutes out of the city.

The hub of activity at the park is centred at the historic Studley Park Boathouse. Built in the 1860ís, it is Australiaís oldest operating boathouse. Why not hire a row boat, canoe or kayak and have a paddle down the river? Or for those a little more adventurous, try tackling Dights Falls. The Capital City Trail and Yarra River Trail both pass through the park and can be used by both cyclists and pedestrians. For the golf enthusiasts, there are two courses within the park.

For something a little less strenuous, enjoy a scrumptious Devonshire Tea or a light meal from the Boathouse Kiosk or Cafe, whilst overlooking the banks of the Yarra River. Alternatively, step it up a notch and dine at the elegant upstairs restaurant (formerly Beateís).

Yarra Bend Park is extremely enjoyable and under-utilised by the locals. Here are some pictures from the park:

Studley Park Swing Bridge
Kayaking on the Yarra
Keeping Fit

For a full list of activities please refer to the Yarra Bend Parkpage on the Parks Victoria website.
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Why? Get back to nature without leaving the big smoke.
When: The park is open to pedestrians 24/7, vehicle access from 8am until late.
Where: Vehicle entrances are at Studley Park Rd and Yarra Boulevard, Kew, or Yarra Bend Road, Fairfield.
Cost: Park entry is free. Activities are extra.
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